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Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]

25th. Commandment AD 1831 1830
A Revelation to Joseph & Oliver [Cowdery] given at Harmony  Susquehannah County Pennsylvania telling them concerning their  Calls &c
Behold thou wast called & Chosen to write the Book of Mormon  & to my ministery & I have lifted thee up out of thine afflictions  & have counseled thee that thou hast been delivered from all  thine enemies & thou hast been delivered from the power  of satan & from darkness Nevertheless thou art not excusa ble in thy Transgressions Nevertheless go thy way & sin  no more magnify thy office & after that thou hast sowed  thy fields & Secured them then go speedily unto the Church  which is in Colesvill Fayette & Manchester & they shall  support thee & I will bless them both spiritually &  temporally but if they receive thee not I will send  upon them a cursing instead of a blessing & thou shalt  continue in calling upon [God] in my name & writing the [p. 32]
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A period of intense opposition provided the immediate historical context for this revelation. Following the conference in Fayette Township, New York, held on 9 June 1830, JS returned to Harmony, Pennsylvania. Later that month he traveled to nearby Colesville, New York, where hostile neighbors destroyed a dam prepared for baptisms. When the baptisms subsequently took place, JS and others were harassed at Joseph Knight Sr.’s home, and JS was arrested for “being a disorderly person.” JS was soon twice acquitted of the charges before returning to Harmony on 30 June 1830. In his history, JS described one more attempt to unite with the believers at Colesville but reported that he was “forced to seek safety from our enemies by flight.”
In the revelation, JS and Oliver Cowdery are forgiven unidentified transgressions. Their callings are reconfirmed, and they are promised the Lord’s protection. The revelation also directed the church to provide the necessary temporal support for JS and his family since church leadership required all of his time and energy.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “25 Commandment AD 1830,” sometime between March and June 1831. Whitmer initially wrote “1831” and then altered the “1” to “0” and later added “July” to the date. The revelation is directed to JS and Oliver Cowdery at Harmony. The 1833 Book of Commandments adopted the “July 1830” date, as did the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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